Civil War Stories

The usual suspects are dishonestly painting Iraq as a civil war. That’s so they can justify leaving the people of Iraq to the mercies of the brutal dictatorships in Iran and Syria.

Here’s OpinionJournal:

Which brings us back to the alleged “civil war.” The term seems to have acquired a totemic meaning in Iraq, although the U.S. has intervened successfully in civil wars before: the Balkans and Afghanistan, most recently. Regarding Iraq, the goal of the “civil war” chorus seems to be to delegitimize the war by painting what is a false picture of the balance of power and legitimacy between the Iraqi government and the terrorists.

The sectarian violence is a horrible problem. But by any reasonable definition, a “civil war” implies at least two militarily strong factions with a popular claim on political leadership. Neither of those conditions exists in Iraq.

The country’s elected, pan-sectarian government and its several hundred thousand security forces remain the only legitimate power center. The Sunni insurgents, meanwhile, are a mix of Islamists and Baathists who enjoy little support and are capable only of terrorist-style attacks.

But the MSM is energetically promoting the false description:

NBC News has decided…that the situation in Iraq, with armed militarized factions fighting for their own political agendas, can now be characterized as civil war.

The above is quoted approvingly by lefties who conclude:

Now that everyone agrees we can’t solve Iraq’s problems, and since the country wasn’t a threat to us in the first place, can we just go home now?

Kofi Annan adds his words of wisdom:

“At some stage, I think it would be helpful to have a conference, a conference that brings everybody together, along the lines of what we did in the former Yugoslavia and others, but I think we need to work slowly to get there…”.

Of course the sole contribution of the UN to the Yugoslavia civil war was to help the Serbs commit genocide in Bosnia.

Naturally the NYT has piled in:

“After consulting with our reporters in the field and the editors who directly oversee this coverage, we have agreed that Times correspondents may describe the conflict in Iraq as a civil war when they and their editors believe it is appropriate,” Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, revealed in a statement. “It’s hard to argue that this war does not fit the generally accepted definition of civil war.

We can safely assume that assertions made by NBC, Kofi Annan and the NYT will be both false and intended to provide aid and comfort to our enemies.

Indeed the excellent Flopping Aces showed how AP creates “civil war” stories using quotes from fake Iraqi police officers, causing Centcom to write AP thus (my emphasis):

Dear Associated Press:

On Nov. 24, 2006, your organization published an article by Qais Al-Bashir about six Sunnis being burned alive in the presence of Iraqi Police officers. This news item, which is below, received an enormous amount of coverage internationally.

We at Multi-National Corps – Iraq made it known through MNC-I Press Release Number 20061125-09 and our conversations with your reporters that neither we nor Baghdad Police had any reports of such an incident after investigating it and could find no one to corroborate the story. A couple of hours ago, we learned something else very important. We can tell you definitively that the primary source of this story, police Capt. Jamil Hussein, is not a Baghdad police officer or an MOI employee.

We verified this fact with the MOI through the Coalition Police Assistance Training Team.

Also, we definitely know, as we told you several weeks ago through the MNC-I Media Relations cell, that another AP-popular IP spokesman, Lt. Maithem Abdul Razzaq, supposedly of the city’s Yarmouk police station, does not work at that police station and is also not authorized to speak on behalf of the IP. The MOI has supposedly issued a warrant for his questioning.

This dishonesty is systemic – here’s the London Times yesterday:

Hassan Mahmoud has the build of a bouncer. But as he sits on a couch and talks about Iraq’s secret religious prisons his broad frame shakes, he clutches himself and weeps.

“It hurts me when I remember what happened,” he says, recalling his brush with death inside a Shia prayer room where he witnessed the beheading of a fellow kidnap victim.

The story is not tied to a single objective report, so is impossible to verify.

We must pray the president has the strength to stand by the people of Iraq.

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